Score: Rangers 4, Flyers 1

How it happened: The Rangers scored two goals early and frustrated the Flyers power-play, which went 0-for-5 with just four shots in 7 minutes, 19 seconds. They also blocked a ton of shots which also drove the Flyers nuts.

What it means: The Flyers trail the series, 2-1, and essentially face a must-win on Friday.

Heroes: Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist stopped 32 shots and got some help from the goal posts ... New York defenseman Dan Girardi had a goal and an assist.

Goat: Kimmo Timonen was on the ice for the Rangers first two goals, including the game-winner when he was outmuscled by Martin St. Louis before St. Louis deflected the puck past Ray Emery.

Mason sighting: Injured goalie Steve Mason replaced Ray Emery midway through the third period as Craig Berube tried to give his team a jolt. It didn't work.

What's trending: The Flyers have lost their last six Series when they have split the first two games and dropped Game 3, which is what they have done here against the Rangers.

Star gazing: There were plenty of celebrities in the stands at the games in New York (actors, athletes, the drummer from U2). All politely waved when shown on the Madison Square Garden jumbotron. But last night, when Eagles players Connor Barwin and Jason Kelce were shown, they were decked out in orange, and on their feet yelling, "Let's go, Flyers!"

Face it: Tough guy Dan Carcillo made his series debut for the Rangers by taking a puck to the face, committing two minor penalties, and scoring the final goal of the game. Once a fan favorite here for being an agitator, he will be enemy No. 1 from here on out.

Up next: The series resumes Friday at 7 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center. The last four games will be played, if necessary, over six nights. The same length of time as the first three games.

Key stat: The Rangers blocked 28 shot attempts. The Flyers had 11.

Quote to note: "Sometimes," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said, "a blocked shot is almost as important as scoring a goal."

3 stars

1. Henrik Lundqvist: The king was on his throne last night.

2. Dan Girardi: Scored a goal and helped continue Claude Giroux's frustration.

3. Martin St. Louis: He's giving the Rangers the juice the Flyers were hoping to get out of Vinny Lecavalier.